Equality information and objectives

Contents 

1. Aims

2. Legislation and Guidance

3. Roles and Responsibilities 

4. Eliminating Discrimination

5. Advancing Equality of Opportunity

6. Fostering Good Relations

7. Equality Considerations in Decision Making

8. Equality Objectives

9. Monitoring Arrangements

10. Links with Other Policies


1. Aims 

New Brighton Primary School aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to: 

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010 
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not 

2. Legislation and Guidance 

This document meets the requirements under the following legislation: 

The Equality Act 2010, which introduced the public sector equality duty and protects people from discrimination.

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, which require schools to publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the public sector equality duty and to publish equality objectives.

This document is also based on Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools. 

3. Roles and Responsibilities 

The governing board will: 

  • Ensure that the equality information and objectives as set out in this statement are published and communicated throughout the school, including to staff, pupils and parents, and that they are reviewed and updated at least once every four years 
  • Delegate responsibility for monitoring the achievement of the objectives on a daily basis to the headteacher 

The equality link governor is Lin Cook and she will: 

  • Meet with the designated member of staff for equality annually and other relevant staff members, to discuss any issues and how these are being addressed 
  • Ensure they’re familiar with all relevant legislation and the contents of this document 
  • Attend appropriate equality and diversity training 
  • Report back to the full governing board regarding any issues 

The headteacher will:

  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives amongst staff and pupils 
  • Monitor success in achieving the objectives and report back to governors 

The designated member of staff for equality Claire Evans will: 

  • Support the headteacher in promoting knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives amongst staff and pupils
  • Meet with the equality link governor annually or when an issue arises to raise and discuss any issues 
  • Support the headteacher in identifying any staff training needs, and deliver training as necessary

All school staff are expected to have regard to this document and to work to achieve the objectives as set out in section 8. 

4. Eliminating Discrimination 

 At New Brighton Primary we are aware of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and we comply with non-discrimination provisions. 

Where relevant, our policies include reference to the importance of avoiding discrimination and other prohibited conduct. 

Staff and governors are regularly reminded of their responsibilities under the Equality Act, for example during meetings. Where this has been discussed during a meeting it is recorded in the meeting minutes. 

New staff receive information on the Equality Act as part of their induction, and all staff receive refresher information within the staff handbook. 

The school has a designated member of staff for monitoring equality issues, and an equality link governor. They regularly liaise regarding any issues and make senior leaders and governors aware of these as appropriate. 

5. Advancing Equality of Opportunity 

As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, the school aims to advance equality of opportunity by: 

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic they have (e.g. pupils with disabilities,  gay or transgender pupils who are being subjected to bullying) 
  • Taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic (e.g. making reasonable curriculum adjustments to support Jehovah’s Witnesses)
  • Encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities (e.g. encouraging and facilitating all pupils to be involved in the full range of school activities) 

In fulfilling this aspect of the duty, we will: 

Analyse the above data to determine strengths and areas for improvement, implement actions in response to this self evaluation and include this within the School Improvement Plan and individual curriculum plans and school policies where appropriate.

N.B. Due to the small numbers the school does not publish attainment data showing how pupils with different characteristics are performing as this could make them identifiable. 

6. Fostering Good Relations 

The school aims to foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it by: 

Promoting tolerance, friendship and understanding of a range of religions and cultures through different aspects of our curriculum. This includes our teaching in RE, The school’s Owl Award Scheme, Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, but also activities in other curriculum areas. eg. as part of teaching and learning in English/reading, pupils will be introduced to literature from a wide range of cultures and beliefs.

Developing assemblies dealing with current and relevant issues. Pupils will be encouraged to take a lead in such assemblies and we will also invite external speakers to contribute to these.

Working with our local community. This includes inviting leaders of local faith groups to speak at assemblies, and organising school trips and activities to promote a sense of local and national community. 

Encouraging and implementing initiatives to deal with any tensions between different groups of pupils within the school.

All pupils have access to and are encouraged to participate in the diverse activities provided by the school. Where there is an income barrier the school provides access to a subsidy fund to ensure equality of access.

The school has developed links with fellow professionals who have specialist knowledge about particular characteristics, in order to inform and develop our practice to fully meet the needs of individuals within the school community

7. Equality Considerations in Decision Making 

We ensure we have due regard to equality considerations whenever significant decisions are made. 

The school always considers the impact of significant decisions on particular groups. For example, when a school trip or activity is being planned, the school considers whether the trip: 

  • Conflicts with religious beliefs or observances 
  • Is accessible to pupils with disabilities 
  • Has equivalent facilities for all genders

8. Equality Objectives 

Objective 1: Encouraging all pupils to consider non-stereotyped career options 
Why we have chosen this objective:
To give all pupils a broad and balanced view of future careers that are available to them. 
To achieve this objective we plan to: 

  • Develop regular aspirations blocks of work within the foundation curriculum 
  • Contact parents and members of the local community in non-stereotypical roles to share experiences of their jobs. 
  • Develop an awareness of positive role models in the local, national and international community
2018- 19 Review:

 

 

Objective 2: To develop and enhance the aspirations of all our children by increasing their awareness of the wide range of careers they have access to in the future.
Why we have chosen this objective: 

To increase the life chances of all pupils in our care.

To achieve this objective we will:

Embed aspirational visitors and careers awareness within the new curriculum plan and engage pupils and their parents in exploring the opportunities available to all pupils in our care.

2018-19 Review:

 

 

Objective 3: Increasing the attendance of  SEND pupils
Why we have chosen this objective: 

Attendance for pupils currently on the SEND register is below their non-SEND counterparts 

To achieve this objective we will:

  • Carefully monitor the attendance of this cohort
  • Provide incentives to encourage increased attendance
  • Engage parents in multi-agency meetings to enable pupils to overcome barriers and support their  full attendance
 2018-19 Review:

 

Objective 4: To source and train all members of staff and governors involved in recruitment and selection on equal opportunities and non-discrimination 
Why we have chosen this objective: 

To ensure all staff and governors who are involved in recruitment are fully aware and adhere to the equal opportunities and non-discrimination acts. 

To achieve this objective we will:

Research and source appropriate training and deliver this to all governors

2018-19 Review:

 

 

9. Monitoring Arrangements 

The SLT will update the equality information we publish, every year. 

This document will be reviewed by the SLT and the governing body at least every 4 years. 

This document will be approved by the governing body. 

10. Links with Other Policies 

This document links to the following policies: 

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